That’s right. Not flattery, offense.
Why? Who wants someone to be an absolute carbon copy of them?! If that was the case, individual artistry, self awareness and lateral thinking would be dead in just a few generations.
My mentors encourage me to THINK for myself. To make up my own mind, and to challenge my own boundaries, and not theirs. If I constantly strive to be someone else, what will happen to ME?
You don’t have to agree with someone to have mutual respect. Discussion of ideas, ideals and thought processes adds fuel to the fire. In fact, I’ve had many ‘Ah-ha!’ moments when locked in a conversation with a colleague, friend or mentor when we have been discussing opposites in thought processes and ideas.
It is for this reason that I do what I do at work, why I strive to be different. Why I look after my clients the way I do, why I have no problem telling a client no when it’s not in their best interest. And it’s because of this that I LOVE my job. Heling people with crippling migraines, or helping those who are so unhappy with their smile that it impacts on every facet of their life, or to give people the power to chew and smile confidently after years or decades of problems. Giving people their dignity back is what I do, and what I love. To have the power to COMPLETELY change someones life is humbling, and satisfying.
If I wanted to be exactly like everyone else, I don’t I would have pushed myself to learn all of these skills.
Thanks to all of those who mentor and challenge me